10 Great Quotations from T. S. Eliot on His Birthday

Interesting Literature

T. S. Eliot was born on 26 September 1888. So, on what would have been his 126th birthday, we’ve compiled ten of our favourite quotations from the great poet, playwright, critic, editor, and publisher. All of them are prose quotations. Eliot’s poetry is rightly praised as being among the greatest achievements of twentieth-century literature, but he was a fine prose writer too, with some wicked one-liners, as these quotations demonstrate…

To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life. – The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism (1933)

We read many books, because we cannot know enough people. Notes Towards the Definition of Culture (1948)

Never commit yourself to a cheese without having first examined it. – Hugh Kenner, The Invisible Poet (1959)

People to whom nothing has ever happened cannot understand the unimportance…

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